From rise and fall of the new Tim Pawlenty to the rise and fall and rise of Keith Ellison, the year in Minnesota politics has been — as the natives like to say — interesting. Here, a look at nine stories that shaped the year in state politics, for better or worse: 1. Anybody wanna be lieutenant governor? No one really thought Gov. Mark Dayton appointed his lieutenant governor to a U.S. Senate seat solely to throw the Minnesota Senate into chaos, did they? Tina Smith was likely to get that appointment for lots of other reasons, but the decision did have the side effect of throwing the state Senate into chaos. That’s because the state constitution says that whoever happens to be the president of state Senate becomes lieutenant governor if there is a vacancy. The problem? The president of the state Senate at the time was GOP state Sen. Michelle Fischbach. If she resigned her seat to become lieutenant governor, the one-vote majority the GOP had in the Senate would have … [Read more...] about The 9 stories that shaped the year in state politics
Home HomeNewsEducationHealthTechManufacturing & LogisticsLife SciencesAg INnovationINPower INnovatorsBigWigs & New GigsVideoPurchase Gerry DickGerry's ViewSpeaking Engagement RequestSubscribeNewslettersPODCASTAppRSSOn-AirTV & Radio Listings ContactAbout IIBMeet the TeamContact UsIntern with IIBFlagship Stations Should Your Business Get Political? Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:58 PM EDTUpdated: Friday, September 28, 2018 9:22 AM EDTBy Scott Flood, Owner, Scott Flood WritingScott Flood is the owner of Scott Flood Writing. You have remarkably strong feelings about a current political issue, and as a business owner or manager, you see yourself as a thought leader. While you unquestionably have a right to make a public stand, maybe that's not such a good idea.Scott Flood is the owner of Scott Flood Writing. PerspectivesShould Your Business Get Political? By Scott Flood Owner, Scott Flood Writing2018-09-26T22:58:24ZYou have remarkably strong feelings … [Read more...] about Should Your Business Get Political?
opinion Algernon D'Ammassa Las Cruces Sun-News Published 7:25 PM EDT Sep 20, 2018 From start to finish, I listened to every single presentation at the two-day Domenici Public Policy Conference presented this month by New Mexico State University. It was, perhaps unsurprisingly, light on technical policy. One doesn’t want to wander too far into the intricacies of management while fighting off hypothermia in an aggressively refrigerated ballroom at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The presenters aptly addressed the general audience as intelligent citizens desiring to be well informed. Most of the nitty gritty came from questions by student panelists. The majority of the program was about politics, and here we must distinguish policy and politics. Policy refers to principles or goals, and the specific protocols used to fulfill them: the business of administration, how actions are defined, approved and implemented. As for politics, opinions vary on whether it is art, … [Read more...] about Politics need to acknowledge that we are not all in this together
Updated 4:41 pm CDT, Friday, August 10, 2018 THREE LAKES, Wis. (AP) — A small school district in northern Wisconsin has adopted a new policy about political activity after some staff members unknowingly showed up in a campaign ad for Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It wasn't immediately clear when the footage was taken, but the ad shows staff from the Three Lakes School District expressing their gratitude to the governor for education funding. "I found it to be alarming because it clearly did put the school in a position of publicly supporting a candidate," said Tom Rulseh, the local school board's president. "At best, I suspect that the advertisement came about as a result of a combination of naivety and poor judgment." MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Homeless man sets fire to congressman's S.A. office Media: San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Teen shoots 10-year-old Media: San Antonio Express-News SAPD: 1 shot, gunmen at large Media: San … [Read more...] about Wisconsin school district creates new political policy
BRIAN CHILSON WHAT'S IN A NAME: Hutchinson seeks to keep the Obamacare-funded coverage expansion in place. Just don't call it the "private option." I had to chuckle yesterday when I read the accounts of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's speech earlier this week on health care and the future of the private option. The governor's clunky attempts at re-branding are getting a little heavy-handed. The "new" program is going to be called "Arkansas Works," he reminded the annual conference of Medicaid providers he addressed on Tuesday. "Please understand very carefully that on Dec. 31, 2016, the private option ends," he said. Okay. Hutchinson can call it whatever he wants. But here's the plan Hutchinson is backing: Use Obamacare funds to continue the Medicaid coverage expansion that provides health insurance for more than 200,000; instead of covering them by the traditional Medicaid program, most beneficiaries will be covered by private plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace, … [Read more...] about Asa Hutchinson’s political strategy for continuing the private option: give it a new name